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Girl hospitalized in hot car incident has been released


September 13, 2017

PORTALES — The young girl hospitalized after being left in a hot car in July has been released from Lubbock’s University Medical Center.

Aubrianna Loya, who turned 3 while in the hospital, was released in August and appears to have come home this week.

Daycare workers Sandi Taylor, 31, and Mary Taylor, 62, are accused of leaving Aubrianna and another child in a car for about 90 minutes July 25 in Portales.

Maliyah Jones, 22 months, was pronounced dead on arrival at Roosevelt General Hospital that afternoon, when temperatures were recorded in the 90s. Aubrianna was transported to Lubbock for treatment.

A UMC nursing supervisor confirmed Tuesday that the toddler was discharged from the hospital Aug. 14, but could not say if the girl was fully recovered or sent to an alternate facility at that time.

The Facebook page for the girl’s mother, Kristen Ashmore, showed that her daughter was coming home on Monday.

“After almost 8 full weeks of being in Lubbock we get to go home,” the post read, with a picture of her daughter smiling and a short video of her departing a lobby to applause.

“We are so ready to be back home and get back into a routine and start our life again!”

Attempts to talk with Ashmore on Monday and Tuesday were not successful.

Attorney Tye Harmon, representing the Taylors, said his clients are scheduled for a Dec. 7 pretrial conference. They are charged with child abuse resulting in great bodily harm and child abuse resulting in death. Both are out of jail on bond.


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